Friday, December 12, 2008

Take It Slow At Clown College

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The pressures of clown college can be demanding, so it’s best to take it slow.

Leah Estrin, who teaches and performs as Tango the Clown, co- runs a school for wannabe Bozos in San Diego, teaching one-on-one courses like balloon twisting, hospital clowning, makeup application, and character development.

Estrin says teaching personal classes keeps students from “clowning around” in the classroom, but it doesn’t reduce the stress that comes with learning the clown trade.

She says, “Students want to get through really fast because they want to get out there and start clowning, but it takes a lot of practice and patience. It ends up stressing them out.”

Estrin assures that being a clown isn’t as easy as it looks, and many of her students struggle when it comes to juggling.

She explains, “You have to want to learn to do it, but even then you might not get it.”

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